Ten Women’s Rights That Are More Recent Than You Imagine

In recent times, there has been an upsurge of misogynistic content on social media. Sometimes called red pill theory, influencers behind this content often push for the removal of women’s rights.

However, one must remember that the fight for women’s victories is far from over. If anything, one must remember that women’s hardwon rights can  be taken away.

Even more, one must remember that the idea that feminism is no longer needed is a lie because some women’s rights are ideally not things women should be fighting against in a world that is making advancement in AI and robotic technology. We must always remember that women’s issues are important now more than ever even as we celebrate our wins.

Urban Woman Magazine recently collated a list of ten women’s rights that ideally should have been obtained more than two centuries ago. That ideally should have been the norm.

It is also important to note that while some of these rights have been gotten on paper, implementation of them in the day to day life of women is still not happening so once again: Feminism is important.

Below is the list based on the country.


Until 2009, married Nigerian women were required to bring a letter of consent when renewing their international passports.

This was fought against by Professor Priye Iyalla-Amadi who was told that the law existed to ensure wives leaving the country would not abandon the home. There however has never been a law for married Nigerian men to stop them from abandoning families.


In 2024, France became the first country to enshrine abortion rights in its constitution.

Saudi Arabia

In 2018, women won the right to obtain driver’s licences and the right to drive.


Until 1976, Irish women were not allowed to own their own homes.

United States of America

In 1978, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was introduced, making it illegal to fire pregnant women.


In 1981, spousal rape was criminalised in Australia making marital rape an offence.


In 1982, women in England gained the right to spend money in pubs without been refused service.


In 2011, the Anti Gender Based Violence Act saw Zambian victims of gender based violence protected legally.


Until 2016, Canada had a five percent tax on menstrual products.


In 2008, Norwegian companies were required to ensure that 40% of their board members were women.

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